October 5, 2010

On the Matt: TCU visitor breakdown

This week On the Matt, we're diving back into the recruiting side of things to check in on prospects who visited the Colorado State vs. TCU game on Saturday. I caught up with three headline names in attendance to get their take on the game and how things are going on the recruiting front.

Adonis Ameen-Moore - Denver (Colo.) Mullen - Running back

Ameen-Moore is the only prospect on this list who was taking his official visit to Colorado State on Saturday. He seemed to really enjoy his time and the game, despite the Rams being shutout 27-0.

A Denver native, it really appears that Ameen-Moore likes what CSU has to offer and though he's been up to several practices in Fort Collins over the past year, appreciated the full tour of all the Rams' facilities.

Prior to speaking to him on Monday, I felt the main thing that would keep the Rams from signing Ameen-Moore was the fact three running backs have already committed to CSU from the class of 2011, including Loveland (Colo.) Thompson Valley's Dorian Brown.

When I asked Ameen-Moore about this, he said that he didn't know that any backs other than Brown had committed, but still didn't turn away from the Rams.

"I knew Dorian did, but I didn't know (CSU) had three," Ameen-Moore said. "But if I do choose CSU, then I'll have to compete and I'm not afraid of competing. I love competition, because that's what makes you better.

"At Mullen, that's why we've been successful, because we have competition at almost every position. Just like my little brother, he gives me competition week-in and week-out. I love competition."

Ameen-Moore says he plans to take most, if not all, of his four remaining official visits before he commits anywhere.

Justin Hansen - Longmont (Colo.) - Offensive guard

I didn't get a hold of Hansen on Monday, but I did talk to him and his father for a while at the game on Saturday and just like always, you can tell that the Hansen family is ready to officially be a part of the CSU family.

There's not a single indication to me that he'll end up signing elsewhere in February as the Hansens have politely told other universities that Justin will be going to college in Fort Collins next year.

Hansen's visit to the CSU vs. TCU match up on Saturday was an unofficial, as he's just trying to make it to as many games as possible. Hansen will take his official visit on Oct. 16 when CSU hosts UNLV.

Jordon Vaden - Brighton (Colo.) Prairie View - Wide receiver

If there's a top 2012 prospect who'll likely fly under the radar, it's probably Vaden. During CSU's one-day camp at the end of July, he was one of the most talented wide receivers in attendance, driving coaches crazy with what they saw.

I ran into him on the sideline before Saturday's game and asked him how his season was going. The first words out of his mouth were: "It's going well, but I'm really just worrying about how my team plays versus me."

Definitely a team player, Vaden has played a lot of running back for Prairie View in 2010. Though he's tall for that position, standing 6-foot-3, he said at the high school level he can get away with it.

Since he's a class of 2012 prospect, his visit to Fort Collins on Saturday was an unofficial. I called him on Monday and he said that one of the main reasons he wanted to go was because he has quite a bit of family who went to TCU, so his heart was torn on who to root for.

No offers on the table for Vaden yet, but he's getting a lot of interest from some bigger schools, including Utah.

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